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Assistant Planner

City of Sun Valley

Sun Valley, ID United States


The position of Assistant Planner is an entry-level professional planner position in the Community Development Department that assists primarily with current and long-range planning activities. These responsibilities may include assisting with current development application review; reviewing and processing land use applications; coordinating application review among the respective City departments; conducting field investigations; preparing staff comments, findings and recommendations on development applications; presenting applications at public meetings; maintaining files, records and minutes; and conducting research as may be required from time to time. The Assistant Planner will respond to public inquiries and assist other City departments by providing planning information as requested.

The City updated its Comprehensive Plan in 2015 and, as a result, there will be less long-term planning duties for the Assistant Planner at this time. On occasion, the Assistant Planner may assist with implementation of the Comprehensive Plan action items by researching and developing information, strategies, analyses, and recommendations.


Key traits are the ability to work independently as well as part of a team, establish priorities and organize own workload, and maintain effective working relationships with the public and other employees. This position must be able to address complaints and problems courteously, deal effectively with several situations at one time, and be responsive to frequent interruptions and deadlines.


  • Receives and processes applications for the department and coordinates application review among the relevant City departments as needed.
  • Evaluates proposals and applications for compliance with the City's zoning code, design guidelines, and Comprehensive Plan.
  • Prepares staff comments, findings and recommendations on development applications and presents applications and recommendations at public meetings.
  • Responds to public inquiries and provides information relating to departmental policies and procedures.
  • Assists City departments by providing planning information as requested.
  • Undertakes staff research and prepares recommendations, findings or planning information using a variety of software, including Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Establishes and maintains departmental files, permits and records.
  • Assists with the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan by researching and developing information and making recommendations as appropriate


Knowledge of rules of effective English usage and grammar; general office practices and procedures or secretarial techniques; general knowledge of land use planning terminology and practices; familiarity with the Idaho Local Planning Act. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, detail-oriented, operation of Windows based software, (word processing, spreadsheets, database management); familiarity with ArcView/ArcMap GIS software, public presentation, research and analysis and development and maintenance of organizational systems.

Ability to independently research assigned problems; organize material from various sources; address complaints and problems courteously; accurately classify, file and retrieve materials and documents; read and comprehend maps and development plans; maintain effective working relationships with the public and other employees; establish priorities and organize own workload.


Possession of a valid Idaho Class "D" driver's license and the ability to maintain it as a condition of continued employment is required.


Vision adequate to operate vehicles and office equipment, read instructions and follow directions; hearing adequate to converse on the telephone and in person; body mobility adequate to drive and perform required office duties including reaching and bending for files and related office items; use of hands and fingers adequate for operating vehicles, writing, typing, computer, copier, and fax machine and related functions; ability to lift office files, binders and small office equipment, as needed.


$47,500 – $64,000 DOQ; Medical, dental, and vision insurance; paid vacation leave, sick leave, personal leave and holidays; annual wellness benefit; and a housing allowance for qualifying applicants.


A Bachelor's degree in land use planning, geography, architecture, public administration or a related field. One year of experience in conducting research and analyzing issues related to land use planning, reviewing maps and development plans, speaking in public and using presentation skills or any equivalent combination of education and experience which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the above duties or any. A Master's degree in land use planning or a related field may be substituted for the one year of required planning experience.


Please submit letter of interest, resume, completed City application with Veteran's Preference Form, writing sample, and a confidential list of references to hr@sunvalleyidaho.gov or City Clerk, City of Sun Valley, PO Box 416, Sun Valley, ID 83353.

Position open until filled; first review September 3, 2019. City application and Veteran's Preference Form may be found at www.sunvalleyidaho.gov.

The City of Sun Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer; preference will be given to qualified veterans.


Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$47,500 - $64,000 DOQ